Culture Fund programmes empower female artists

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust envisions an inclusive society characterized by improved well-being for all. Through its programme interventions, the Fund promotes gender equality and seeks to redress gender imbalances within the arts and culture sector. Culture Fund partnered with Stimulus on a skills capacity building and mentorship programme for women in the arts & culture sector titled Women Empowered Program [WEP]. The program is designed to empower female artists with entrepreneurship and leadership skills through practical training and mentorship.

This week from October 19 – October 23, Stimulus is training female artists under a workshop titled Project Centred Business Training Program, which will take participants through the ‘Project Life Cycle’ giving them the necessary information they need to assess the viability of a project, plan, implement, close, monitor & evaluate a project to ensure sustainability and continuous improvement. The program will also give key information on business planning, managing personal and business finances, branding and marketing, legal matters including contracting and intellectual property rights.

10 females from various disciplines in the creative sector including musicians Edith WeUtonga and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, filmmakers Rudo Chakanyuka and Priscilla Sithole are being trained. Participants at the workshop reported that they were very excited to be part of the programme. They expressed deep gratitude for this type of training and said that it will be very essential in running their day to day business as well as in grooming other artists in the industry. “I now know what I have been doing wrong, this workshop will definitely make a change,” Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana said.

In 2015, the Culture Fund’s main grants programme through Culture Impacts is seeking to foster social cohesion, peace and poverty reduction among Zimbabwean communities. The Women Empowered Program which will run over a duration of 5 months is supported by Culture Fund in partnership with the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Danish Government through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).